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Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier: Take Some Action to Save Ariana-Leilani and Other Children in DC

Distinguished columnist Colby King writes that action needs to be taken now on the epidemic of child prostitution and trafficking in the District of Columbia:

“Human trafficking is a cruel and inhumane practice found in countries around the world. So it should come as no surprise that President Obama proclaimed this month National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

“The exploitation and coercion of girls and young women into prostitution, however, is not limited to places overseas.

“Right here in the nation’s capital, our most vulnerable residents — children — are subjected to sex slavery. Their stories don’t make the evening news or even warrant blurbs in your morning paper. But human trafficking is, and has been, a shadowy and seamy part of D.C. life….

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U.S. attorney spokesman Bill Miller told me this week, “Since 2009, about 70 defendants have been prosecuted in [federal and D.C. courts] on charges related to human trafficking . . . including abducting or enticing a child into prostitution.”

“The overwhelming majority of those cases” he added, “resulted in convictions.”

“The U.S. attorney’s office has a large task force and an active outreach program on human trafficking, and is urgently scheduling training sessions with D.C. police and schools. Seven churches are joining the Faith Coalition Against Sex Trafficking in our Nation’s Capital to sponsor a meeting Jan. 30.

“They can’t do it alone.

“Let’s help the president and the prosecutors: Human trafficking is in our region, in the nation’s capital, in your ward, on your block.

“Open your eyes. Don’t look abroad. Look down the street.”

Read more:  Colby King on Child Trafficking in DC

Please sign the petition to Save DC Resident Ariana-Leilani.

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Manhattan Dentist Is Arrested on Drug and Child Pornography Charges, and Sex with Animals

According to a drug dealer’s claims in the criminal complaint filed by the FBI, a prominent Manhattan dentist Dr. Wolf told him “that he was actively involved in underground sex parties at various locations in New York City, including in Brooklyn, where participants would engage in sexual intercourse with animals.”    The dealer also said that Dr. Wolf had shown him videos “of infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults,” including images of infants and toddlers being raped by men, according to the complaint.   The drug dealer had been arrested at Kennedy International Airport in March when he told the authorities that he had been swapping methamphetamine for Dr. Wolf’s dentistry.

Washington DC is also known for similar underground sex parties where children are abused.   However, DC Child and Family Services refuses to take on this problem, which often implicates powerful individuals in Washington, DC.   Child protection officials often given doctors and powerful individuals a “free pass” when it involves child pornography and child abuse.

Read more: New York Times

 

Where does Hillary Clinton Stand on Children’s Rights in the USA?

Urge Secretary Clinton to Help Save Ariana-Leilani

How a leader handles a crisis reveals what they are made of and the quality of the people they choose to support them.   Do they respond with integrity?  Do they check the facts before they act?  Are they careful about who they get their information from?

Around the time the US press was preoccupied with the Bengazi scandal, the US Press overlooked another international scandal that was closer to home but just as concerning.

Due to concerns expressed by medical and humanitarian authorities, the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography made an inquiry to Secretary Clinton’s US State Department questioning the US violations of the rights of dual citizen German-American Ariana-Leilani, who lives in Washington DC.

Rather than make an independent inquiry into those concerns, Secretary Clinton’s State Department blindly referred the matter to the District of Columbia Child and Family Services (DC CFS) — which has a well established record of incompetence that is so poor it is under a US Federal Court monitor.    Not surprisingly, the leaders of the DC CFSA at the time had known sex offenses (its Director having had sex with one of his young patients, and the other, its General Counsel, charged and placed on probation for indecent exposure in a public restroom).   Despite those sex offense records, both were allowed to run and operate the agency that was responsible for protecting DC’s children.   The then General Counsel of the DC CFSA, James Toscano Court Papers, personally interfered with Ariana-Leilani’s getting relief from abuse and neglect, including engaging in ex parte communications with a DC Superior Court judge and making false statements to that judge to help cover up the abuse and neglect that Ariana-Leilani was suffering.

As part of its coverup of the abuse and neglect of Ariana-Leilani, based on documents obtained from the Department of State, DC Child and Family Services Agency (DC Child Protection Services) had Mr. Toscano author the misleading and inaccurate response for the Department of State to the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.  Not surprisingly, his response was filled with misstatements of the facts, misleading the Secretary Clinton’s US Department of State, and in turn, the UN Special Rapporteur.

The real disappointment here is that Secretary Clinton’s Department of State blindly forwarded — under Secretary Clinton’s signature —  the Toscano-drafted response to the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.   We have to presume this was done by her without either checking the facts or checking the background of the author of the underlying letter.   As a result, the UN Special Rapporteur took no action and Ariana-Leilani continues to suffer.

In her run for the Presidential offices, Secretary Clinton should be as concerned about children’s rights and she is about women’s rights.   Unfortunately Secretary Clinton’s record has not demonstrated any concern for children’s rights — including failing to have the US ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.   Thus, help urge Secretary Clinton to protect children’s rights, to right this wrong, and to use her influence to help Save Ariana-Leilani…

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Ariana-Leilani and Other Children of Washington DC Need Protection

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In a recent letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, a Marie Cohen, a social worker, writes about the failures of DC’s Child and Family Services (CFSA) and missing child Relisha Rudd’s, who before she went missing, had been subjected to sexual abuse right under the nose of the Washington DC CFSA (its child protection agency):

Relisha’s family was known to the CFSA. The family had been the subject of several reports. There were numerous indications that the family was in trouble. Relisha’s brothers had frequent behavior problems at school, often a sign of trouble at home. School staff reported numerous warning signs, such as Relisha missing more than 30 days of school, Relisha often arriving for class dirty and Relisha and one of her brothers left waiting at school at the end of the day.

If the CFSA had an open case on the family, a social worker was expected to visit the family at least twice a month. It would have been a social worker’s job to make sure Relisha was okay.

The CFSA has been touting its success in taking fewer children into foster care. The acting director reported proudly this year that 62 percent of the children it serves are at home. That is good news indeed, as long as the children who are with their families are receiving the monitoring and services they need to be safe. Relisha certainly was not.

Like Relisha,  12 year old Ariana-Leilani continues to suffer, but despite clear evidence of abuse and neglect, CFSA refuses to even maintain an open case on her.

Along with almost 5000 signers of Ariana-Leilani’s Petition,  the DC Council and Mayor Bower should take the social workers’ letter seriously, and not only look more closely at Relisha Rudd’s case, but also direct CFSA to maintain an open case for 12 year old Ariana-Leilani.

See full text of Marie Cohen’s letter: Protecting the Next Relisha (Washington Post)

Read More for background:  Relisha.

Relisha Rudd: Another Victim of Child Trafficking in DC

On February 26, 2014, Shamika Young, who is living in a homeless shelter with her family, says that she asked Kahlil Malik Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter at the old D.C. General Hospital, to take one of her daughters, 8 year old Relisha Rudd, home with him.

It is the last time she sees her daughter. Later that day, Tatum and Relisha are seen walking toward a room in a Holiday Inn Express on Bladensburg Road NE, side by side holding bags and entering a room.

On March 13, 2014 a counselor at Payne Elementary writes a referral to the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (the same organization that refused to provide Relisha help since 2007, which is the same year DC CFSA also failed to take corrective action in the case of Ariana-Leilani) noting Relisha’s many absences. She missed more than 30 days, but officials say many were excused by her mother for illness, citing a “Dr. Tatum.”
One of the last times Relisha is seen alive is on a hotel closed circuit camera, entering a hotel room on February 26, 2014.

There are no confirmed sightings after March 1, 2014.

On March 19, 2014, at 10:04 p.m., Tatum checks into Room 132 of the Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill, Md., and is seen with four people. None of them, police later say, is Relisha. Less than an hour later, three people leave.   That is also the night Tatum kills his wife.  She is found dead in Room 132 the next day

On March 27, 2014, DC Police Chief Kathy Lanier declares: “He may have killed her.”

For a janitor, Tatum was known for a high style of living.  He dressed in stylish Polo shirts, drove an immaculate SUV and took a liking to children, offering many of them gifts, according to relatives.

Analysis: Showering gifts on children is one of the ways abusers and pornographers condition children to cooperate with them.   Tatum’s being flush with cash also suggests that he was sexually exploiting for money.    Relisha’s mother’s suspect cooperation with Tatum in this endeavor suggests that she was probably somehow benefiting from Tatutums’ child exploitation enterprise.  Also, this would not be the first time Chief Lanier made claims about a case before the facts were in involving a child abuse and child porn cases.

If the  Mayor Gray’s DC CFSA had the needed competence, they would have picked up on this child’s situation years before and taken corrective action.   But, like in the case of Ariana-Leilani, DC Mayor Gray, some members of police force, and his CFSA act as if they are not protectors of children, but protectors of child trafficking.    The other mystery here is the apparent delay of DC in getting out an Amber Alert to neighboring jurisdictions — conveniently giving Tatum more opportunity to run and Relisha not being found alive (and thus fulfilling Chief Lanier’s prophesy)
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A Tutorial for Washington DC Mayor Gray: How to Identify Child Abuse

Short Video Documentary “Small Cries”; A DC American Tragedy

The Save Ariana-Leilani Coalition is pleased to announce the world wide release of the video documentary “Small Cries.”    The six minute documentary tells the story of how the “child protection” systems in the United States are failing, and how Ariana-Leilani is a victim of that failure.  This short and compelling documentary features exclusive interviews, including an interview with Dr. Joy Silberg, who speaks of the error in judgment that many child protective services make in certain abuse and neglect cases.   Very educational and inspiring, and Ireneo Namboka, an international human rights advocate and former UN official.

Definitely a “two thumbs up” “must see” documentary.

Watch the video, sign the petition, save a life:

Documentary “Small Cries;” The Real Ariana-Leilani Story

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Law Enforcement Closing In On Washington DC Area Child Porn Producers and Abusers (Day 15 of 19 Days of Activism Against Child Abuse)

Washington DC is a cesspool for child porn producers and abusers.   It has much to do with the dysfunctional local government, and the predisposition to cover for those in power who perpetrate these crimes.   They are found not only in positions of power, but also in schools and in the police force.

In the latest take down, a former private school teacher added to the FBI’s list of most wanted fugitives during five years on the run has been charged in Washington’s federal court with producing child pornography.   Prosecutors filed a criminal information charging Eric Justin Toth with child pornography, identity theft and misuse of a Social Security number.   An information is a charging document that typically signifies that a guilty plea is near. Both sides have said that they were negotiating a plea agreement. A U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman declined comment Thursday.   Toth was captured in Nicaragua in April and returned to Washington to face federal charges. He’d been on the run since 2008, when he was fired from his teaching job at the Beauvoir School after being confronted about images of child pornography.

Also, a former D.C. police officer has been convicted of sexually abusing a girl who participated in his church choir. A Superior Court jury convicted 45-year-old Wendel Palmer of numerous offenses.  Prosecutors say that Palmer directed the girl in a choir at a D.C. church that she her and her family attended and which his family ran. Authorities say the abuse began when the victim was 10 or 11 years old, and occurred at the church during breaks in choir rehearsals and other places.  The victim reported the abuse after she turned 18.

Those who are exploiting and abusing children like Ariana-Leilani ultimately will be caught and prosecuted.  Help fight child abuse in the United States, sign the petition to save 10 year old Ariana-Leilani and the fight for children’s rights to be protected:

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Read more: MyfoxDC and FoxDC

Porn Probe: 341-people Arrested by Police (Day 14 of 19 Days of Activism Against Child Abuse)

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341 people, including 108 Canadians and 76 Americans, have been arrested in an international child pornography ring that was largely centred around a Toronto-based film company that distributed images and videos across the globe.  The three-year investigation included Canadian and international law enforcement agencies and rescued. Dubbed Project Spade, police said the effort resulted in 386 children being saved from exploitation.

Police first became aware in 2010 that Toronto-based Azov Films was distributing pornographic images and videos of children as well as streaming them on its website.   In 2011, police carried out a search warrant in Toronto’s west end. Azov was shut down and its owner, 42-year-old Brian Way was arrested. More than 45 terabytes of data were seized.

Way was charged with multiple counts related to child pornography, including selling and distributing child pornography and instructing commission of offence for criminal organization.

The company had been operating since 2005 and had revenues in excess of $4-million.   For approximately $40 customers could buy about an hour of video, and receive photos at a discount, delivered online or by mail, police say.

Some of the children exploited in the films were as young as five.  Azov commissioned videographers around the world to take pictures and images that the company would subsequently distribute through the mail and online. Many of the victims were from Ukraine and Romania.  Many of the pictures and videos were shot in people’s apartments, back yards and “dingy saunas.”

24 Canadian children were rescued as a result of Project Spade.  The children were not necessarily involved in the production of Azov material, and their exploitation was discovered when police were investigating people who bought material from the company.

At the home of a retired teacher, they found 350,000 pictures and more than 9,000 video showing child sexual abuse. They say some of the children were known to the man, who is also accused of abusing a child in his family.  Spinoff investigations led to caches of images and hundreds of children from around the world.  At least two teachers and nine medical professionals were among the Canadians arrested.

Beaven-Desjardins said Toronto police subsequently shared the company’s customer databases with other Canadian as well as international law enforcement agencies.

Information on Azov led to more than 150 law enforcement actions against Americans who were purchasing material from the company, including persons in the District of Columbia.

Project Spade arrests by the numbers

  • Ontario: 50
  • Rest of Canada: 58
  • United States: 76
  • International: 164

In Canada:

  •  40 teachers
  •  9 doctors and nurses
  •  32 volunteers
  •  6 law enforcement personnel
  •  9 faith leaders
  •  3 foster parents

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/child-porn-probe-began-with-toronto-man-ends-with-341-people-arrested-police-1.1542666#ixzz2kfnonISg

Help fight child abuse in the United States, sign the petition to save 10 year old Ariana-Leilani and the fight for children’s rights to be protected:

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‘Cover-up’ over VIPs who abuse children in care POLICE chiefs are turning a blind eye to members of the Establishment abusing children in care (Day 9 of 19 Days of Activism)

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From London to Washington DC, Child Protective Services agencies have unofficial policies to cover up child abuse by VIPs.   In London, a whistleblower said he was warned by his superiors not to investigate suspected paedophiles, including a senior politician and a judge.  He said the justice system was “corrupt” and “rotten to the core” and told how vulnerable boys and girls as young as nine were plied with heroin and raped by rich and powerful men.  “There is a massive cover-­up going on and those who are abusing children are being protected by the powers that be.

He said that “When I was investigating abuse at low levels, street prostitution, everything was fine but as soon as the evidence started taking me to a higher level, I was told to wind my neck in and not go any further.  Among the names given to me by abuse victims were a former Cabinet minister and a judge who had been handing paedophiles soft sentences. I was warned by a senior officer to back off and it has to be because the clients of these children were very well-­connected people.”

“Trying to secure a charge of procuring a child for prostitution is no good because you are asking the child to give evidence against their boyfriend, dealer, employer and they are not going to do it.

Ariana-Leilani is a victim a similar coverup by Washington DC Child and Family Services, the DC Public School System and Medstar Health’s Georgetown University Hospital.   It is unfortunate that children of the District of Columbia must suffer to accommodate the sick perversions of those in power in the US Nation’s capital — and the officials in charge cover it up.  No doubt, to protect its politicians who abuse children is a major reason the United States is the only developed country that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Help fight this coverup in the United States, sign the petition to save 10 year old Ariana-Leilani.

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